Hosts: Josh, Jacob, Shamus, Chris. Episode edited by Rachel.
0:00:50: Defense Grid 2
Protip: You can turn the dialog volume all the way down and play this as a plotless tower defense game. I feel bad about doing so, but damn does that dialog drag on.
0:13:05: Naval Action
0:19:50: Rainbow Six Siege
0:27:05: Rise Of The Tomb Raider
It’s not that the story sucks, it’s that it gets too much focus. These mechanics are really strong, and I think the game should be more confident about leaving us to enjoy them for longer. Also, like I said the other day:
Dev who designed these stealth sections should have touched base with dev who decided player would wear a glowstick. pic.twitter.com/AcyzfzZMDf
— Shamus Young (@shamusyoung) January 30, 2016
Having played a few more hours now, I’m pretty sure it’s a magical glowstick that turns itself off if there are dudes in the zone. It’s still bananas, but it’s a different kind of bananas than I first assumed.
0:44:18: The Witness
0:54:06: EA is “on a Journey” to Regain PC Gamer Trust
My column this week is also on this topic. But I’m sure you guessed that already.
Quakecon 2011 Keynote Annotated
An interesting but technically dense talk about gaming technology. I translate it for the non-coders.
Why The Christmas Shopping Season is Worse Every Year
Everyone hates Black Friday sales. Even retailers! So why does it exist?
Lost Laughs in Leisure Suit Larry
Why was this classic adventure game so funny in the 80's, and why did it stop being funny?
Crash Dot Com
Back in 1999, I rode the dot-com bubble. Got rich. Worked hard. Went crazy. Turned poor. It was fun.
Video Compression Gone Wrong
How does image compression work, and why does it create those ugly spots all over some videos and not others?